White Hate Leader Donated to Scalise

Kenny Knight, the longtime adviser to former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, gave $1,000 to Republican Steve Scalise in 2008. That was six years after Scalise gave a speech at a white nationalist conference associated with neo-Nazis. Scalise, the incoming House majority whip, has since said in a statement: “One of the many groups that I spoke to regarding this critical legislation was a group whose views I wholeheartedly condemn. It was a mistake I regret.” On Tuesday, Speaker John Boehner declared that he has “full confidence” in Scalise. In an interview with The Daily Beast, Knight said, “Poor Steve Scalise is getting a bad rap. I don’t think Steve Scalise would come anywhere near a white hate group.”